Notes and Editorial Reviews
This release documents the U.S. premiere of Kaikhosru Sorabji's Second Piano Sonata. Like his First Sonata, Sorabji's longer, more ambitious follow-up takes its cue from Busoni's serpentine textures and Cyril Scott's action-packed chromatic syntax. The work's lapidarian surface style conveys a seductive, virtuosic array of color, nuance, and zillions of notes, beautifully dispatched through Tellef Johnson's astoundingly assured hands and fingers. Yet, if you fast forward and let the laser drop at random moments, you won't have a clue where you are, or where Sorabji is for that matter. There's little sense of tension and release as Sorabji foams at the mouth over the Sonata's more than 50-minute duration. You'll either love it or hate it.
Altarus provides excellent, informed notes, but the sound is only adequate.
--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less
Works on This Recording
Sonata for Piano no 2 by Kaikhosru Sorabji
Tellef Johnson (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Date of Recording: 12/06/1998
Venue: Live Merkin Concert Hall, New York City
Length: 52 Minutes 12 Secs.
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